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(Reuters) - Seven-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has joined the ownership group of the National Football League's Denver Broncos, the team announced on Tuesday.

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Britain's Hamilton, who drives for the Mercedes F1 team, is the latest to join the Broncos ownership after former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

The Broncos and the Walton-Penner family, led by Walmart heir Rob Walton, in June entered into a purchase and sale agreement for the takeover of the team in a deal reportedly worth $4.65 billion, a record for an American sports franchise.

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"He (Hamilton) is a champion competitor who knows what it takes to lead a winning team and a fierce advocate for global equality, including in his own sport," Walton said in a statement on behalf of Walton-Penner family ownership group.

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"His resilient spirit and standard of excellence will be an asset to the ownership group and the Broncos organization."

The Broncos are three-times Super Bowl champions.

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(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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